How to Style A Bookcase

Bookshelves can make for a stunning focal-point or they can look like a cluttered mess if you just randomly throw things in them. Ditch the disarray, and create a functional and streamlined display with these tips. 1.    Mix up the book placement.  No bookshelf is complete without books, but keep it interesting by mixing up your arrangement. Flip the spines in. Try a mix of vertical and horizontal arrangements. Don’t just go for any books—this isn’t the place for worn paperbacks. 2.    Try arranging your books by color. This might be a bit controversial for bookworms, but if you don’t have thousands of books it should still be relatively easy to find your book of choice. 3.  … Read More

Freestyle Friday

*This post contains affiliate links. How cute are these kiddos? Daren’s sister and brother-in-law came to visit with this week, with their kids. It was chaos, but the good kind! As far as we are concerned family is everything! Another thing that is everything in my book is Alice & Ames! My favorite dress shop for littles re-released their fall collection Thursday. I set an alarm and had all my selections in my cart 4 minutes after the release, and still didn’t get my favorite dress before it sold out! Don’t cry for me! I still managed to snag two rompers and two dresses! There are still lots of dresses available in size 6 – 8, and rompers in a range of sizes. Alice & Ames will… Read More

Freestyle Friday

Things aren’t always as calm in our home as it may seem. I routinely take pictures of E cuddling on the couch because these moments are precious and fleeting. Very fleeting. Sometimes our house feels like it is being taken over by kid things, but we make a conscious effort to design our spaces in ways that make everyone in the household feel welcome, including the adults. Decorating with kids can be a challenge, so this month I shared my best tips with Design & Living Magazine. Spoiler – My biggest secret is closed door storage. You can read the full article here.     In other news. I swapped out a piece of abstract art from Home Goods with a unique Clare Elsaesser… Read More

The Source For Our Office’s Colorful, Statement Art

“You like me, you really like me” – The office art piece. In the short time Pretty Domesticated has been live, I have received several emails regarding the statement art piece in our home office. To make it easier on everyone, I’m revealing my source. Wait for it…. The large brightly colored painting in our home office is from Soicher Marin and is called Colorful Contemporary C. (They also make a A, B and D version).  The piece is to-the-trade, meaning it needs to be purchased through an industry professional, such as an interior designer or decorator. While a reproduction and not an original piece, this art is not available online. But have no fear, it can be yours! I purchased… Read More